In the spring of 1990, Baren Township, near Kashgar, in Chinese Occupied East Turkistan, suffered under a reign of Chinese terror unlike any other. As part of its decades-long campaign of colonization, forced assimilation, and population control, China’s government was forcing Uyghurs and other Turkic women to abort their babies.

The villagers of Baren finally had enough. At the time they had suffered under 41 years of Chinese colonization and occupation and they have just seen 250 local women robbed of their babies. So they peacefully protested and when that failed they took up arms to defend themselves from the Chinese invaders.

The Chinese occupation forces responded by flooding Baren Township with People’s Liberation Army soldiers, and they began a massive massacre of innocent civilians, including women and children. According to different sources, anywhere from hundreds to thousands of innocent Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples were massacred with heavy weaponry and airstrikes.

The Chinese occupation forces responded by flooding Baren Township with People’s Liberation Army soldiers, and they began a massive massacre of innocent civilians, including women and children. According to different sources, anywhere from hundreds to thousands of innocent Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples were massacred with heavy weaponry and airstrikes.

We condemn the silence of the Muslim world and Muslim organizations like the Organization for Islamic Cooperation for not only standing silent but also supporting China’s genocide of the Muslim majority Turkic peoples of Occupied East Turkistan,” said Fatmagul Cakan, the Istanbul Representative of the East Turkistan Government in Exile. “We call on the Turkish state and the Turkish people to act against the genocide of their fellow Turkic brothers and sisters in East Turkistan,” she added.

In Washington, DC, the East Turkistan Government in Exile along with the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement held a demonstration with over a dozen Uyghurs in front of the White House where they urged the U.S. to act against China’s genocide in East Turkistan as well as the growing Chinese hegemony.